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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
advisors generally work, u.s. special forces operate in 12 man a-teams, alpha teams that come in, work behind-the-scenes and tell rebel armies what to do, where to organize, how to organize, when to attack, where to place their troops, that's the kind of support that the rebels realize now that they need and they will take it probably from anywhere they can get it or wherever they can afford it. >> great reporting again. thank you from benghazi. libya with the rebells. the direct majority of the sain center with the brookings institute and a military analyst. i guess you have in your head some of the answers perhaps to all the kiss have. how does a no fly zone even broadly defined which includes going after command and control, taking shots at the compound of gadhafi, doing everything, knocking out armor, tanks, tank columns. how does any of that end this war and bring the rebels into power and get rid of gadhafi. >> it doesn't. there's some hope on people's parts that maybe the sheer application of force would cause somebody path bullet in gadhafi's head. that is becoming increa
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2011 7:00pm EDT
gadhafi in libya. how big of a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge? and with war fatigue setting in and criticism from both sides of the aisle, when does the president fully explain what's perhaps, monday or tuesday of next week. >>> plus, fear of spreading terrorism. there were anti-government demonstrations today and in some cases violence in many arab countries, including yemen. thousands turned out calling for the ouster of a u.s. ally. if the president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over? >>> and there are increasing concerns of spreading radiation from the crippled power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged to get out of the area, but not ordered. how great is that danger? >>> plus, a little politics with hispanics now making up one of our every six americans and one out of every four children, by the way, how long can republicans be seen as hostile to their interests? the huge implications of the census report on the 2012 presidential election. and finally, what's the more serious candidates to do? how do
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 2:00am EDT
and largely carried out by the u.s. military. who talked president obama into fighting in a country where we have no vital interest in? are we trying to avoid another rwanda rwanda? are we protecting civilians or are we taking sides? have we offered gadhafi a way out? would we allow him to survive as the king of tripoli, if you will? most important, what is the end and how does it end and where does it end? a report from libya and try to figure out what turned president obama around on this issue. also, the politics. the president is getting hit as you might expect from the right for waiting too long and from the left for doing it at all. how about those who haven't said it but will that he's not doing enough. we'll let both sides, all sides, take their swings tonight. >>> and what to make out of the old arab league that begged us to come into this fight and is now apparently having second thoughts. the view from the street in the arab world tonight. >>> plus the other huge story out of japan. the latest news from japan is not encouraging. smoke out of the two reactors forced worker
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
this message war. >>> finally, is it possible for the u.s. to become a country of secular atheists that is also ruled by radical islamists. newt gingrich seems to think so. we're going to start with president obama's speech on libya. howard fineman is the senior political editor for the huffington post and susan page, the washington bureau chief for "usa today" and i have to call her madam president of the gridir gridiron. and she's on there today. howard and susan, at first we outlined four questions for president obama to answer in his speech and today we'll see how he did. first, take a look at some of the republican responses to the speech since he gave it. >> he made a very puzzling comment, and that was regime change by force would be a mistake. gadhafi must have been somewhat comforted by that. >> now we're in this position of having a president of the united states saying gadhafi must go but we're not going to necessarily make him go. >> how our commander in chief chose to handle this new dilemma raises serious questions about his understanding of constitutional checks and
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 7:00pm EDT
speaking as an engineer, i'm proud to say a lot of u.s. navy personnel stepped up to the plate right after the three mile island accident and improved safety of the nuclear system in the united states. the design of that nuclear reactor at three mile island was much, much better than at chernobyl. >> we have 31 designed nuclear plants in the united states that are similar to the one over at fukushima right now, the one causing the great concern right now. do you think we have a better backup system than they do? they don't have a good one, because it was undermined by the tsunami. it affected the battery backup to the diesel system, none of it worked. they ended up putting in seawater, which is destroying their plant, as an extreme measure. how are we in that regard? in terms of nuclear diesel backup, battery backup, do we have all these backup systems? >> we do. and there are parts of the united states and california where there are two nuclear plants at diablo canyon and san aknow frey where concerns have been raised about sieismic activity. in fact, in 2008, a fault was found near
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
where an explosion last night u.s. time actually damaged the inner steel containment vessel. containers are crucial in maintaining safety of the fuel. a breach reaches the possibility of a full blown meltdown. a fire broke out at reactor number four and could be a problem if spent fuel at that site becomes exposed. let me ask you about the threat to people. let me get really basic here. the threat to human bodies of radiation. what is it? >> it damages -- if large doses it can cause sickness. it's called radiation sickness. you can damage the blood. you can vomit and in larger doses you can actually die and so you have to be very careful to reduce the risk and that's really what the workers face. that's why the site was evacuated. the dose rate got so high yesterday that it wasn't safe to stay there and so only essential personnel were kept there. less radiation goes out to the public outside of the site and there's an evacuation zone but the problem that the public is going to face over time is the radiation that's been emitted and got forbid if there's more can get into th
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
. u.s. crude ended above $105 after reaching $107 will overnight trading. material stocks took a hit on concerns that sustained high oil prices could slow the global recovery. tech stocks fell on a chip sector down grade from a wells pargo analyst who says it's not anything wrong with the industry, just some stocks are a little rich.fpargo analyst who t anything wrong with the industry, just some stocks are a little rich.argo analyst who sa anything wrong with the industry, just some stocks are a little rich. and it wouldn't be an m&a monday without western digital buying for aboutç $4.3 billion. shares way up which maybe investors thought the hard drive company was driving a hard bargain. now back to hardball. >>> welcome back. michele bachmann is head of the tea party caucus formally. she went on "meet the press" yesterday in this building and defended calling the obama administration a gangster government. that was her word, gangster. is she speaking for the whole tea party or right wingers or who some i don't know whether this hyperbole like you sometimes get from the middle ea
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
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MSNBC
Mar 4, 2011 2:00am EST
from the u.s. attorney that there's a law being broken here, a felony. we've never seen anything like this before. we're going to show you some of the audio that's got some incriminating evidence apparently. this is "hardball" only on msnbc. >>> the senate democrat has announcement his retirement, hawaii's congressman won't run for a new term. virginia's jim webb, and of course the great joe lieberman of connecticut. while democrats will try to o recruit a top candidate. the democrat also win in hawaii, they always s do. we'll be right back. >>> we're back. a series of voicemail messages from john edwards and one of his top fundraisers are being used by prosecutors to suggest that the former presidential >>> we're back. a series of voicemail messages from john edwards and one of his top fundraisers are being used by prosecutors to suggest that the former presidential candidate coordinated an attempt to cover up his affair and his child that he with her, rielle hunter. the recordings were obtained by wtvd in north carolina where phone messages left for former edwards aide andrew young
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2011 7:00pm EDT
u.s. ground troops in libya, "the new york times" and a lot of news outlets are reporting that the cia has placed clandestine operatives inside the country. we'll talk to a former cia officer about just what they're trying to do in libya, how they're trying to do it and whether they can succeed. >>> and finally, which member of congress fears the fighting in libya could spread to, wait for it, more fighting in africa? think about that for a moment. and then think about this. the congressman sits on the house foreign affairs committee. he's landed himself in the sideshow. we start with the battle over the budget. "time" magazine's mark halperin and richard wolffe join me now. we've got mark over at the white house. mark, i'll start with you over there. when you look at the numbers, vice president biden told reporters last night, quote, there is no reason why we can't reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown because the bottom line is here we're working off the same number. that number is $33 billion. now house speaker john boehner said today they weren't operating off that
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
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MSNBC
Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
hand something who the u.s. and others feel they can talk to. >> interesting. david sanger of "new york times," major garrett of "the national journal," thank you both. a lot of stuff to work on. >>> up next, what what's a surefire way of a member of congress to alienate its constituents in how about this? complain about your pay, your government taxpayer-funded pay. that's what one freshman did. you're watching "hardball" only on msnbc. to save me a boatload of money on my mortgage, that would be awesome! sure. like that will happen. don't just think about it. spend 10 minutes at lending tree and save up to $272 a month. premier of the packed bag. you know when to hold 'em... and how to fold 'em. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above and still pay the mid-size price. here we are... [ male announcer ] and there you go, business pro. there you go. go national. go like a pro. at liberty mutual, we know how much you count on your car and how much the people in your life count on you. at's wo
MSNBC
Mar 30, 2011 7:00pm EDT
heoe'tesveeectn. he's getting low marks on libya, too with 47% opposing u.s. involvement there. and nearly 6 in 10 saying the president hasn't stated the goals clearly. meanwhile, the gallup daily tracks has him shooting back up. so there you go. these polls these days have been very hard to track. we'll be right back. you know when to hold 'em... and how to fold 'em. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above and still pay the mid-size price. here we are... [ male announcer ] and there you go, business pro. there you go. go national. go like a pro. >>> the senate says we have a plan. well, great. pass the damn thing, all right? and send it over here and let's have real negotiations instead of sitting over there rooting for a government shutdown. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was house speaker john boehner a bit fired up. he's playing tough. now so are the democrats. here is senator chuck schumer tuesday talking to colleagues before the start of a conference call with reporter, by th
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2011 2:00am EST
city in america. well, juarez is of course across the border in mexico, not the u.s. and they quickly corrected him. a lot of corrections for republicans these days. he also has issues with reporter access. a number of journalists noticed they were being blocked from his twitter feed. thep they didn't deny the snub. they say it's the governor's personal account. so he manages it as he sees fit. governor perry apparently wants to keep his tweets to himself. 30,000 online followers. just not the reporters covering him. finally, chris dodd proves there are second acts in american life. the long-time connecticut senator has been named the head of the motion picture association of america, a big job. in case you forgot, senator dodd's no stranger to the big screen. here he was in a cameo in that great movie "dave." >> the president has proposed a comprehensive full employment program unparalleled since the days of fdr. the proposal brought swift reaction here on capitol hill. >> i think president mitchell's on the right track. i think putting people to work in this country is what we ought
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 2:00am EDT
troubled that u.s. military resources are committed to war without clearly defining for the american people why we're doing it. >> notice he says war, because the administration would push back on that as well. >> committed to war. >> and they put out the senators, the allies, levin, durbin, reid, on a conference call with us, and they said you'll be hearing from the president. he'll be meeting with congress. that's one of the agendas for tomorrow. >> a little meeting. not a national address yet. >> i think so far. work in progress. and a meeting in london next week with the allies. >> andrea mitchell, and jeanne cummings, thank you so much. >>> sarah palin supporters may be dwindling, but one saying she's too big for the presidency. you're watching "hardball," only on msnbc. >>> back to "hardball." time for "the sideshow." first the comics of last night weigh in on libya. >> hey, remember when president obama ran for the president saying we couldn't fight two wars and he would change the policy? he has, now we're in three wars. >> everybody has been following march madness,
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 2:00am EST
muslims. joining me are two people opposed to holding the hearings, u.s. congressman andre carson of indiana, two muslim members of congress, and congresswoman jan schakowski of illinois. congresswoman, thank you for coming on, and thank you, congressman. >> thank you. >> pleasure. >> i'm going to be really tough here, but if you had had hearings on this 20 or 30 years ago, and you said, i'm a protestant guy and i'm going to hold hearings on the radicalization of american irish and look for who might be supporting noraid, the provisional wing of the i.r.a. and go looking for them and make some assumptions of where to find them and root them out, that would have been seen as a program, seems to me. >> no question about it. >> and when you start rooting through an ethnic group, rooting through them trying to find where the problem is and who the troublemakers are, as a presumption that they've got them them in that group, let's go nail them. your thoughts? >> we've actually done that, during world war ii, when we incarcerated japanese americans. we made an assumption about all the japa
MSNBC
Mar 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
saudi arabia sent oil prices soaring. u.s. crude is up $3 today finishing just below $105 a barrel. those prices are keeping the transportation sector under pressure with airlines taking the biggest hit. overall, a roller coaster of a week resulting in fractional gains. that's it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. now back to "hardball." >>> i'm really disappointed in the president and in the department of justice and the fact that they're not going to defend a law that congress passed overwhelmingly. i'd be very surprised if the house couldn't decide that they were going to defend the law. it strikes me as something that's just as raw politics as anything i'd seen knowing that a lot of people who believe in doma, probably not likely to vote for him, and pandering to the other side on this issue. >> welcome back to "hardball," that's house speaker john boehner sunday talking to the christian broadcasting network. today he announced the white house will take action to defend the defense of marriage act in court to the office of the house council. he stated that it's regrettable
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm EDT
area. plus what country will take charge? what role will the u.s. play and did the hundredth vote come too late to stop gadhafi? will gadhafi fight for the death or accept some kind of a deal? we'll try to answer those questions as we prepare to fingt third muslim count -- fight in m country. >>> japanese more or less admit they are overwhelmed. wow. they are ememploying it throw against the wall and see what sticks approach ahead of the u.s. nuclear commission says it could takes wakes to get this under control. score one for the unions in wisconsin. a judge has temporarily blocked that new law shrinking collective bargaining rights. democrats hope that's the first of many obstacles. republicans say it's a speed bump. libya. we know how we're getting in. how will we get out? we start with the growing cry slinsia. richard engel is joining us from cairo. thank you, richard. give us a sense of what's happening as the u.n. begins to take action. what is the condition of the rebel force, especially benghazi. >> reporter: the rebel force is very weak in benghazi and across the country.
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
, the nuclear disaster has once again turned u.s. public opinion, obviously, against nuclear power. could have predicted that. but that hasn't stopped die-hard supporters from calling this a once-in-a-lifetime fluke over there. could nuclear power make a comeback here no matter what happens in japan? >>> also, on another day, this would be our lead story, certainly our lead story. the united nations security council is voting this evening on whether to authorize "all necessary means" to protect civilians in libya. that could mean we'll soon be conducting air strikes in libya. in other words, we'd be fighting a third war in a muslim country. >>> and donald trump spent the day in the morning on tv trashing the likely republican candidates for president but also flirting with the birther vote. does that mean he's actually running, the fact that he's doing that? >>> we start with the nuclear crisis in japan. nbc's ann curry is joining us from akita, japan, northwest of the nuclear complex. ann, i love having you on the show, but what a terrible time. what's happening to our american co
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 7:00pm EDT
again turned u.s. public opinion, obviously, against nuclear power. no surprise there. that hasn't stopped die hard supporters from calling this a once-in-a-lifetime fluke. could nuclear power make a comeback here no matter what happens in japan? >>> also, a no-fly zone over libya. they've done it. we know what all necessary measures means, military action. that puts the united states and the world militarily now on the side of the rebels facing moammar gadhafi. this is war. >>> and donald trump spent the day in the morning on tv trashing the likely republican candidates for president but also flirting with the birther vote. does that mean he's actually running, the fact that he's doing that? >>> we start with the nuclear crisis in japan. nbc's ann curry is joining us from akita, japan, northwest of the nuclear complex. ann, i love having you on the show, but what a terrible time. what's happening to our american compatriots in that country? >> reporter: well, there's a lot of fear, anger and distrust here, chris, especially because of the discrepancies now between the u.s. governm
MSNBC
Mar 28, 2011 7:00pm EDT
the country why we're fighting in libya, what's the end game, how do we get out? the role the u.s. will play from here on out and how important is it that gadhafi goes. and how did we wind up fighting in a country that even the country's own defense secretary on sunday said is not a vital u.s. interest. tonight, we'll look at what the president needs to say and the big stakes for him politically in lya if the effort for him goes bad. then we'll bring the president's speech live from the national war college here inform washington, d.c. let's begin with andrea mitch l mitchell. and of course, the huffington post's howard fineman who is an msnbc political analyst. what must the president say? here's a couple of clips. >> when someone like gadhafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives, then it's in our national interest to act. >> that was the radio address on saturday. here's what he said in south america last week about why we're there. >> our military action is
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 7:00pm EDT
threat to the safety of the people. from the start, president obama has stressed the role of the u.s. military would be limited in time and scope. our mission has been to use america's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in meeting urgent humanitarian needs. and as expected, we're already seeing a significant reduction in the number of u.s. planes involved in operations, as the number of planes from other countries increasen numbers. today, we are taking the next step. we have agreed along with our nato allies to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over libya to nato. all have authorized military authorities to develop an operions plan for nato to take onhe bad cvian protection mission under resolution 1973. nato is well suited to coordinating this international effort, and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together toward our shared goals. this coalition includes countries beyond nato, including arab partner, and we expect all of them to be providing important political guidance going forward. we
MSNBC
Mar 11, 2011 7:00pm EST
experts here in america. the u.s. is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus -- so that's what it was. here's what a wisconsin senate majority leader told fox news about the battle against unions out there. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions certainly what you're going to find is president obama is going to have a much more different time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. there you have it in black and white. look for democrats to use wisconsin as a rallying cry in 2012. also, gas lines from republicans. first haley barbour suggested president obama engineered price increases in order to get americans to drive smaller cars and take trains. then john boehner blamed with the president saying, he's blocking energy production. apparently mr. boehner never heard of libya. what's behind the latest nonsense. remember, everything republicans say these days is aimed at the ears of conservati
MSNBC
Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
congressman keith ellison, one of two muslims in the u.s. congress, testified and clearly choked up when he paid tribute to a muslim-american paramedic who lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the world trade center. let's listen, watch and remember. >> he bravely sacrificed his life to try to help others on 9/11. after the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his islamic faith. some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was with the attackers because he was muslim, but it was only when his remains were identify ied that these lives were exposed. >> well, today's hearings prevent islamic terrorism or feed into the right wing's game of stoking irrational fears about the muslim faith? laura richardson of california's homeland security committee was opposed to today's hearings. congresswoman, it reminds me of the hears in march of 1954 when mccarthy went one way and the country went the other way. you go too far in this country and people begin to dislike you. what do you think happened today? >> well, you know, chris, i think this wa
MSNBC
Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
united states house of representatives are troubled that u.s. military resources are committed to war without clearly defining for the american people why we're doing it. >> notice he says war, because the administration would push back on that as well. >> committed to war. >> and they put out the senators, the allies, levin, durbin, he'll be meeting with congress. that's one of the agendas for tomorrow. >> a little meeting. not a national address yet. >> i think so far. work in progress. and a meeting in london next week with the allies. >> andrea mitchell, and jeanne cummings, thank you so much. >>> air a palin supporters may be dwindling, but one saying she's too big for the presidency. you're watching "hardball," only on msnbc. we're with you when you're saving for your dreams. [ woman ] when you want a bank that travels with you. with you when you're ready for the next move. [ male announcer ] now that wells fargo and wachovia have come together, what's in it for you? unprecedented strength, the stability of the leading community bank in the nation and with 12,000 atms and thousa
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Mar 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
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Mar 2, 2011 7:00pm EST
, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a pro. >>> a gunman whop attacked a bus full of u.s. gunmen in germany today killing two and wounding two more has been identified as a 21-year-old muslim. police aren't ready to call this an act of terrorism. they say there may have been an argument on the bus before the attack. the army has filed 22 charges against bradley manning for the wikileaks scandal. one charge carries a death sentence. in ohio, a republican-backed bill restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers . and serena williams is recovering after a serious health scare involving a blood clot in her lungs. and now back to "hardball." >> it's time for our nbc/wall street journal gut check. welcome back to "hardball." all eyes are on wisconsin and washington to see what can be done about the mounting deficits. a new poll out tonight finds 3 out of 4 people say they know what's going on in wisconsin, the same number 3 out of 4 say that public employee unions should have the same bargaining rights, but when it comes to what people consider acceptable steps t
MSNBC
Mar 11, 2011 2:00am EST
aware of it. >> arata, i want you to stand by. i want to bring in dr. lucy jones, from the u.s. geological survey. thank you for being with us. first off, can you give us some perspective, your take, worst earthquake to hit japan. >> in quite a while, without question, this is the same size as the earthquake that hit chile last february, pretty much. and as you can see, with the tsunami, that's what happens when you have this big an earthquake. to be this big of earthquake, you have to have a pretty long fault, 300 to 500 miles long, under the ocean, and so all of that ocean floor got moved up during the earthquake, and displaced all the water. >> that's why we're seeing what we're seeing. are you agreeing that we had spoken to a geophysicist earlier, that this is probably the worst we're going to see of it when it comes to a tsunami, that any possible further aftershocks would not trigger something as massive? >> now, the aftershocks, yes, very much the magnitude of the earthquake determines the tsunami. but it doesn't mean the tsunami is over, because it will produce multiple
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. plus, what country is going to take charge? what role will the u.s. play? and did the u.n. vote come too late to stop gadhafi? will gadhafi fight for the death or accept some kind of deal. answer those questions as we prepare to fight in a third muslim country. and japanese authorities have raised the assessment of a nuclear disaster to a five -- that's three mile island level on a seven-point scale and they now more or less at mitt they're overwhelmed. they're employing a throw against the wall and see what sticks approach in the nuclear commission. it says it can take weeks to get this thing under control. score one for the unions in wisconsin. the judge has temporarily blocked the new law shrinking collective bargaining rights in that state. wow, democrats hope this is the first of many obstacles. republicans say, it's just a speed bump, check it out. let me finish with libya. we know how we're getting in. but do you have any idea how we're going to get out? we start on libya. richard engle is joining us from cairo. thank you, richard, give us a sense of what's happening as the u.
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 2:00am EDT
spoke to said we want congress to continue to be involved. nancy pelosi said u.s. action will be strengthened by consultation with congress. last week a lot of them spoke under the democratic side were critical of president obama for not briefing congress in regards to what the mission was in libya. they feel on the democratic side more aware of what that is and want to be briefed regularly. secretary of state hillary clinton will be beyond with the foreign relations committee. they expect a lot of questions to her, but in terms of setting a precedent for the democratic party to believe in, president obama did accomplish that goal. he did not satisfy republicans at all. one interesting caveat i will say, senator john mccain, the president's opponent actually said he enjoyed hearing president obama clearly state what the policy was in libya. he remained shall we say unaware of how gadhafi would be removeed fr per wldikmo iorti outh, t ppti o what the president's actions were there. john mccain maybe going back to the maverick style by being more supportive of president obama than
MSNBC
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
the end game is and how the u.s. found itself fighting in a country that even the defense secretary says is not a vital united states interest. we'll break down the challenge he faces tonight. >>> plus, there's a lot at stake in libya for president obama. is it possible that politically failure in libya hurts a lot more for the president than victory would help him? >>> when republicans thought it was safe to get back to talking about smaller government, a conference in iowa this weekend has some republicans worried the state is becoming a social conservative outpost and the wrong place to vet candidates for 2012. once again, it was people with very little chance of ever being nominated like michelle bachmann, who had all the applause lines. >>> and new lu elected governors mostly republicans, gave the voters what they asked for -- spending cuts and hope that they'd see their poll numbers move. they're moved all right, downhill. and finally, hbo's bill maher will be on "hardball" tomorrow night. we bring you what his perfect presidential kaed will look like. >>> we start in libya to
MSNBC
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus, so what's that what it was. here's what wisconsin's senate majority leader said. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the union, certainly what you're going to find is president obama's going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. well, there you have it in black and white. but for democrats to use that little thought from that senate leader as a rallying cry in 2012. they've admitted it's about politics, about beating the president. also, gas lines from republicans. first, haley barbour suggested that president obama engineer price increases to get americans to drive smaller cars and take trains, then john boehner blamed the president saying he's blocking energy production. apparently, mr. boehner never heard of libya. you have to wonder what's causing all the nonsense from the republicans. everything these republicans are saying is a particular kind of language. everything is being said between now and early next year is abou
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
union. but speaking as a nuclear engineer and i was trained as a nuclear engineer in the u.s. navy, and i'm proud to say that a lot of u.s. navy personnel stepped up to the plate right after the three mile island accident and improved safety of the nuclear system in the united states. the design of that nuclear reactor at three mile island was much better than chernobyl. >> we have 31 designed nuclear plants in the united states that are similar to the one in fukushima, causing great concern right now. do you think we have a better back up system than they do? they didn't have a good one because it was undermine by the tsunami that turned off the electricity and affected the battery back up. none of it worked. they ended up putting in sea water which is destroying their plants which is an extreme matter. how are we with battery back up. do we have these back up systems? >> we do. there are parts of the united states in california where there are two nuclear plants where concerns have been raised about seismic activity. there are a lot of faults in california. in fact three years ag
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
giving them unconditional military support. their only strategy seems to be allow the u.s. and other military powers to scorch the earth and destroy gadhafi's military so that they can make a very slow advance toward tripoli. they do see there was a humanitarian element to this because if gadhafi forces had been allowed to enter benghazi or tobruk there could have been massacres but now they think this rebel movement which is leaderless and disorganized believes it has been recognized and given the full support of the united states military. >> are we giving arms of any kind, small arms, artillery, armor, what are we giving to the rebels? anything? >> reporter: i've been no indication that we're giving the rebels anything. they seem to be holding weapons that they seized from the units of gadhafi that were destroyed by the americans. they are armed with just pocket knives sometimes. i saw a rebel today and i was shocked by this. he was carrying a pistol and he was holding it in his hand swinging it around like in an old western movie and the rebels are in two groups. there are volunt
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 7:00pm EST
saying it's time for him to leave. a german muslim confessed to targeting u.s. airmen in a terror attack. authorities say there's new proof that robert levinson who went missing in iran in 2007 is still alive. and mazda is still recalling 65,000 cars after it was found that a certain type of spider likes to infest its fuel lines. finally, just hours before a contract deadline expired, the nfl and players agreed to a 24-hour extension to those labor talks. and now back to "hardball." >>> we are today establishing a website newtexplore2012.com. and that website was up about an hour ago. we will look at this very seriously and we will very methodically play out the frame work of what we will do next. >> i guess you know a guy's running when we starts using the royal we, we, we. that was former speaker newt gingrich all but saying he's in the race. he's one of the better known republicans for better or worse to toss his name in the ring. can gingrich reinvent himself? congressman, i'm so amazed to have -- well, great to have you on, because you're an eyewitness to this guy's performan
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
to put life and limb of our u.s. soldiers and military personnel as well as the people there in libya in harm's way, you've got to have a little bit more than what the president's given. i think that's all newt's saying. >> michael, nice try, by the way. you obviously didn't watch the lone ranger like i did growing up, or maybe you did. remember how tonto would say he speak with fork tongue. that's my view, forked tongue. your view, bob? >> well, i was a little surprised michael defended him. i think what he did was indefensible. you can't turn around and say i wouldn't intervene in libya, we could've relied on our allies. those are an absolute contradiction no matter how you try to square them. the truth of the matter is, the president does have a plan here, i think it does involve regime change. he can't say it because that's not what's in the u.n. resolution. and by the way, i think that's how the president will be judged. in the meantime, we have a lot of white noise, partisan opportunism. this is about opportunism and people jumping on the president. >> that wasn't me. >> but in
MSNBC
Mar 8, 2011 2:00am EST
going to play myself a little cameo alongside actress virginia madsen. she plays a u.s. senator on alaska about to reveal a conspiracy on "hardball." here is a preview of the show tonight. >> i vow to champion my husband's causes, the foremost of which is transparency in government. >> i understand you made shocking discoveries since taking office. >> i have. and the most shocking is that they're in my own backyard. i've discovered a secret government program syphoning hundreds of millions of dollars every year. did you know that alaska has the highest rate of unemployment in the country? a statewide epidemic of childhood obesity -- >> this is live? >> give me msnbc. now. >> she's using my words against me. >> will the senator reveal what she knows? find out tonight. "the event" airs on nbc at 8:00 p.m. up next, why does michele bachmann keep on referring to the obama administration as a gangster government? who is she speaking for? does she really think the obama administration has committed crimes? gangster? look it up in the dictionary. you're watching "hardball" only on msnbc.
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2011 2:00am EDT
deserve reelection. he's getting low marks on libya, too with 47% opposing u.s. involvement there. and nearly 6 in 10 saying the president hasn't stated the goals clearly. meanwhile, the gallup daily tracks has him shooting back up. so there you go. these polls these days have been very hard to track. we'll be right back. >>> the senate says we have a plan. well, great. pass the damn thing, all right? and send it over here and let's have real negotiations instead of sitting over there rooting >>> the senate says we have a plan. well, great. pass the damn thing, all right? and send it over here and let's have real negotiations instead of sitting over there rooting for a government shutdown. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was house speaker john boehner a bit fired up. he's playing tough. now so are the democrats. here is senator chuck schumer tuesday talking to colleagues before the start of a conference call with reporter, by the way, that he didn't know the reporters would hear. and that they were recording. >> i always use the word extreme. that's what the caucus instructed me to
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